Described by critics as "tremendous" and "a pleasure," baritone James Wright is a
favorite among audiences for his charismatic presence and warm tone. His recent operatic
roles include Angelotti in Tosca with Nickel City Opera, Papageno in The Magic Flute with Undercroft Opera and Dr. Gregg in Douglass Moore's Gallantry with Rochester Lyric Opera. This season James will be appearing as The Minister in
Roger Ames' How Green Was My Valley with El Paso Opera, Sacristan in Puccini's Tosca with El Paso Opera and with The Savannah VOICE Festival in Savannah, GA for National
Opera Week. Other operatic roles include The Pilot in Portman's The Little Prince with Opera Sacra and John Sorel in The Consul with Western New York Chamber Orchestra. Valentin in Goundod's Faust, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Schaunard in La Bohéme and King Melchior in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors both with Nickel City Opera of Buffalo. He has also appeared with Chautauqua Opera in Puccini's Manon Lescaut and the Chautauqua Symphony in Verdi's Otello. James has served as Chorus Master for Hillman Opera productions of Les contes d'Hoffmann and Mozart's The Magic Flute, as well as Opera Sacra's production of Maria Stuarda.
James is equally comfortable on the concert and recital stage. He has performed in concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus,
The Savannah Voice Festival, VOICExperience, Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo
Chamber players, Olean Academy Orchestra, Vocalis Chamber, Camerata di Sant' Antonio,
Nickel City Opera, Opera Sacra, Rochester Lyric Opera, Amherst Symphony Orchestra
and the Western New York Opera Buffs.
Currently, James is an adjunct professor of voice at The State University of New York
at Fredonia and Canisius College. He also serves as the Artistic Adminstrator of Nickel City Opera. Learn more